Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Crisis of Civilization

This book looks promising: A User’s Guide to the Crisis of Civilization: And How to Save it by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed.

The Oil Drum review is here:
http://www.theoildrum.com/node/7110

There is also a film coming out based on its contents:
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/financial-meltdown-peak-oil-global-warming-are-we-crisis-civilization-video.html

http://www.grist.org/list/2011-11-29-documentary-on-end-of-world-as-we-know-it-is-surprisingly-uplift

Needless to say, this is an important book. While there are many exerts in discrete fields who are very knowledgeable, there are only a few who are able to integrate disparate areas of knowledge together, which is essential to describe what is actually happening. There is never any single reason for collapse. It is a lot of integrated factors coming together. In order to understand what is happening to civilization, we need to take an integrated systems approach. There has never been an era in history exactly like this one.

As a generalist thinker myself, I hope we'll see more of this type of analysis. It's hard to imagine any way to fix it, though.


The Crisis of Civilization: Trailer from thecrisisofcivilization on Vimeo.

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